Best Family Road-Trip Tips

• "Safety mirrors let you see kids in the back seat without turning your head from the road. My kids (ages 4 and 11) both love it. They feel more secure and are better behaved, and I feel so much safer." -- iVillager bspangler1

• "Do not buy travel games with small pieces. I thought I was saving money by not buying the electronic games, but what a mess! I wish I had bit the bullet and purchased two electronic games for $10 a piece. There are two things I did do right. One: I bought a "magic slate" board. My boys had never seen them, and thought they were too cool. The other thing was that each boy got his own stereo headset. (WalMart: $5 a piece.) I got a variety of music tapes and books on tape." -- iVillager jkconnors36

• "A friend recommended this idea to me and it sure kept my three-, five-, and seven-year-old busy. She suggested getting a metal rectangular cake pan with a lid and filling it with crayons, markers, paper, etc. What's nice about it is that the pan holds all the items and it also doubles as a lap tray." -- iVillager twoflickas

• "I have bought spiral bound drawing pads and markers and colored pencils (no crayons please!). I date the book when I give it to her and then when it is full, I put an end date. I have four of these now and it is fun to go back and see how her drawing and interpretation of the world has changed. She will pick up her "artist book" even for a short drive to school!" -- iVillager mummajea

• "We always traveled at night and the kids slept through the whole trip. There were fewer cars on the road and the truck stops for gas had big stores for shopping and supplies needed. You might be glad to hear that you will save money because there's no stopping to feed kids, not as many bathroom breaks and no little people begging you to buy this or that." --

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